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People’s Academy for Community Engagement now accepting applications

Deadline to apply is February 11.

Winter Quarter classes begin February 23.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The Winter Quarter begins Saturday, February 23 and runs through March 23.

Join a cohort of 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) to learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field.

Winter Quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more.

Tuition for the 5-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit The application deadline for the upcoming Winter Quarter is Monday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email